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Super Rugby | Brisbane
09:40 (GMT) | 30-04-2016
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Please join us later on as the Lions host the Hurricanes, the Stormers do battle with the Waratahs and The Jaguares will look for their first ever victory on home soil as they take on the Kings at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani.
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Frisby brings an end to proceedings as he puts the ball into touch. The Reds come away with the victory while the Cheetahs continue their run of losses. Lots of promise from this Cheetahs side but they will need to hit the training field and fix the handling errors and discipline which cost them this game if they are to be competitive in their next encounter.
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Double blow for the Cheetahs as not only is the try disallowed due to foul play but Willie Britz receives a yellow and that looks like the game done and dusted for both Britz and the Cheetahs
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Lee puts in a delightful kick to the try line for Blommetjies to run onto, Blommetjies races onto it and dots down and judging by the players bodty language it looks like the Cheetahs have scored here but the referee is referring play to the TMO to see if there was any foul play in the buildup to that try.
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Cheetahs with a penalty in the three points zone but they are too far behind with only three minutes left they trail by two converted tries. Blommetjies puts the kick into the corner and Cheetahs have a five metre lineout.
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McIntyre puts everything behind that kick as he strikes it over from just outside the 22. Score is 30-17 to the Reds now.
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Cheetahs penalized for going off their feet at the breakdown and McIntyre takes his time in lining up the kick from just outside the Cheetahs 22.
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Reds with the attacking scrum inside the Cheetahs 22.
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Meyer puts a clever short kick in center field for the Cheetahs to run onto. The Reds deal with the bounce and Frisby manages to clear their lines.
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Zeilinga adds the extra two and the score is now 27-17 in favor of the Reds with ten minutes to go.
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Rhule puts his foot flat on the accelerator after receiving the ball on the wing. Pure raw pace from the speedster as he takes two tacklers with him and manages to dot down.
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The referee is dishing up the cards this gamer as Gill is now sent to the bin for an infringement. Penalty to the Cheetahs and they set the lineout on the Reds five meter line.
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Blommetjies sends play into the Reds 22 as he kicks for touch after the Reds concede the penalty. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs.
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Cheetahs camped in their own half as they chase a seventeen point deficit with fifteen minutes left on the clock.
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McIntyre makes it a seventeen point game as he slots the conversion from right in front.
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Kerevi with the break before Frisby is released into space as he sells the dummy and goes straight through a big gap in the Cheetahs defense. Props had no chance of stopping the speedy Frisby.
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Another handling error from the Cheetahs as McIntyre puts one up which should be dealt with easily, Blommetjies fumbles and we will have another scrum to the Reds on the Cheetahs ten meter line.
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McIntyre has the distance but not the direction as he sends the kick wide.
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Cheetahs concede the penalty for going offside and McIntyre will have another shot at goal from thirty meters out.
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Good defense from the Cheetahs as Kerevi looks to sell the dummy and get round on the outside but the Cheetahs will have none of that and Kerevi is bundled into touch. Defensive lineout to the Cheetahs just outside their 22.
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Reds concede the penalty at the lineout for playing the lifter and the Cheetahs kick to the corner but it is not long before the Cheetahs give the advantage back to the Reds as they are now penalized and the Reds set the lineout on halfway.
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McIntyre calmly clears from the Reds five meter line and the Cheetahs have another opportunity with an attacking lineout on the 22.
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Cheetahs look to attack from the lineout but they play too quickly and only manage to spill the ball. Five meter defensive scrum to the Reds.
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Zeilinga with a well timed pass to Petersen almost puts him through but he is wrapped up. Cheetahs awarded the penalty and they set the attacking lineout. Five meters from the Reds line.
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McIntyre has his kicking boots on today as the flags are raised and the Reds have a ten point advantage they now lead 20-10.
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Penalty conceded by the Cheetahs for joining the ruck incorrectly and it's in the three points zone. McIntyre lines one up from about thirty meters out on the far touchline.
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McIntyre converts the try and the Reds lead 17-10 now.
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Sensational try from Frisby after Kerevi and Hunt and Nabuli combine superbly down the wing before a flying Frisby receives the final pass and dots down in the corner. Try time!
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Sensational try from Frisby after Kerevi and Hunt and Nabuli combine superbly down the wing before a flying Frisby receives the final pass and dots down in the corner. Try time!
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The ground staff will have their work cut out as another handling error by the Cheetahs this time forces a Reds scrum on their ten meter line.
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Reds have not rectified the errors that cost them any momentum in the first half as they concede the penalty and the Cheetahs find touch on the Reds ten meter line.
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Kerevi finds Nabuli on the wing and they exchange passes as they set up some good interplay before they are wrapped up. Reds win the penalty and they set the attacking lineout on the Cheetahs 22.
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McIntyre gets the second half going as he boots all the way to the Cheetahs five meter line. The Cheetahs clear their lines and find touch just short of halfway. lineout to the Reds.

Half Time

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McIntyre levels the scores at 10-10 as he nails the conversion from just outside the 22 on an angle. HALFTIME: REDS 10-10 CHEETAHS
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What an effort from the Reds pack of forwards! The Reds put the shove on the Cheetahs scrum on the Cheetahs five metre line. The ball pops up and all Curtis Browning needs to do is pick up and dot down, he makes no mistake in doing this and the score is 8-10 with the conversion to come.
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Cheetahs defending their line as they have the defensive scrum inside their 22.
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The Reds with the attacking lineout in the Cheetahs 22 lets see if they can spark something here and draw the game level before the break.
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Zeilinga slots the conversion and the Cheetahs extend the score to 3-10.
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Cassiem scores the first try of the game after 33 minutes of play. The Cheetahs get the drive going from the lineout. The maul is brought down centimeters from the line and Cassiem picks up, stretches and dots down. Cheetahs lead 3-8 with that.
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Petersen is released into space and looks like he is going to score for all money but Frisby comes across and makes a try saving cover tackle, Petersen tries to flick it in before he is bundled into touch, the ball comes off Frisby and the Cheetahs have the attacking lineout five metres out.
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No team able to get any flow to their game as Rhule knocks on after a good tackle from Gill catches him unaware. Reds with the defensive scrum forty out from their line.
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Blommetjies sends the Reds tracking back as he puts one in behind the back three before the Reds clear their lines.
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Blommetjies kicks to the corner and the Cheetahs have the attacking lineout in the Reds 22.
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Penalty to the Cheetahs and TMO being referred to for foul play as Anthony Fainga'a came in with a late shoulder charge. The referee reaches for his pocket and Fainga'a is shown yellow.
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De Jager goes up and claims the ball from the lineout. The Cheetahs look to attack as they play Petersen through in midfield but there is an obstruction and the Reds come away with a scrum.
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Frisby feeds the scrum as the Reds look to spark something off the set piece but they cough up possession again as they concede the penalty. Cheetahs set the attacking lineout with a kick to touch just inside the Reds 22.
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Frisby gains the Reds some good territory as he finds touch on the Cheetahs ten metre line. Reds need to calm down and show some composure when protecting the ball and on the attack. Lineout to the Cheetahs.
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No team doing themselves any favors as the Cheetahs concede the penalty at the scrum. The Reds set the attacking lineout just outside the Cheetahs 22 as they find touch.
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Shocking lineout from the Reds as they spill the ball from a disorganised lineout. Clearly no communication there and the Cheetahs are still camped just outside the Reds 22 as they have the attacking scrum.
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Blommetjies looks to play a flat pass to Cassiem, Cassiem gets brought to ground and the Reds are awarded the penalty. McIntyre kicks for touch and the Reds have a lineout just outside their 22.
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The Reds win the scrum against the Cheetahs feed and look to spread wide to Kerevi. Kerevi is wrapped up but another handling error from the Reds keeps them pinned in their 22. Cheetahs with the attacking scrum again.
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The scrum goes down again and if the ball does not come out this time expect a penalty to be awarded.
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The scrum goes down as both teams look to contest the ball and the referee asks for a reset.
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Cheetahs get the drive going from the lineout before the ball gets loose and lands up on the Reds side. The Reds try to come away with it and set up the exit but some good defense from the Cheetahs forces the handling error and Cheetahs get the five metre attacking scrum.
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Reds concede the penalty on halfway for not rolling away and Blommetjies puts in a great kick to the corner. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs five metres out.
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Frisby kicks aimlessly straight to Rhule and the Cheetahs come charging back into the Reds half.
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Reds lose the ball forward and the Cheetahs set up an electric counter attack as they kick downfield and find the Reds at sixes and sevens. Hunt is isolated and finds himself with no support at the back but miraculously the Reds are able to clear their lines. Attacking lineout to the Cheetahs deep in Reds half.
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McIntyre sends the kick wide and the score remains 3-3.
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Cheetahs blown up as Van Jaarsveld colapses the scrum and the Reds can take the lead as McIntyre lines one up from forty metres out, centre field.
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McIntyre strikes it well and it's over! Scores are level at three apiece with that penalty kick.
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Reds with the opportunity to hit back with three points of their own as the Cheetahs get blown up in their 22 and McIntyre will strike this from right in front..
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Fred Zeilinga sends the ball sailing through the uprights and the Cheetahs have the early lead 0-3 to the Cheetahs!
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Cheetahs look to get first points on the board after they are awarded a penalty right in front. Fred Zeilinga lines one up at posts.
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Ben O'Keeffe blows his whistle and we are off! The Cheetahs get us underway as Blommetjies puts a deep kick into the Reds 22. Frisby claims the ball and has all the time in the world to make the exit kick but he gets charged down! Reds in early trouble but they manage to clear their lines as they clear up field.
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The players are out on the field. Stay tuned as referee Ben O’Keeffe will get the game underway shortly.
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Ben O'Keeffe is our referee. Will Houston and Nic Berry will assist him. Our TMO is George Ayoub.
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It is cloudy and it has been raining but conditions are now perfect for a game of free flowing attacking Super Rugby.
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HISTORY: The Reds have won the last two encounters with the Cheetahs. The Cheetahs last victory over the Reds came in 2013 when they overcame the visitors 27-13 in Bloemfontein. The last time these two met only a single point separated the teams after eighty minutes as Nick Frisby slotted a late drop goal to hand the Reds a dramatic 18-17 victory in Bloemfontein.
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FORM: Both teams will desperately be seeking maximum points this game as they go into this game with remarkably similar lack of form. The Reds have one win and a draw along with six losses to their name in their eight games this season, beating the Highlanders in round one and drawing 25-25 with the Blues which leaves them sitting in second last place on the Australasian conference with eight points. The Cheetahs have only managed two wins in their eight games thus far both coming against the Sunwolves which leaves them sitting in fifth place on the South African conference with twelve points. Both teams have been sensational on attack, however it is defense that has let them down big time. Don’t be surprised to see a high scoring encounter between these two as they are sure to give the ball plenty air as they have done all season.
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News just in, there has been a late change to the Cheetahs starting lineup as captain Francois Venter has had to withdraw due to an injury, Michael van der Spuy will line up alongside Nico Lee at centre while Lood de Jager will run out with the captains armband.
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TEAM NEWS, CHEETAHS: Niel Marais moves to the bench as Fred Zeilinga comes into the starting team at fly-half. Francois Uys drops to the bench and is replaced by Carl Wegner at lock while Henco Venter comes in at eight man as he takes over from the injured Hilton Lobberts. Paul Schoeman moves to number six.
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EAM NEWS, REDS: The Reds have consistency on their side and have no new injury worries as they retain the same team that went down 40-22 to the Stormers last weekend. Liam Gill starts at openside flank while Karmichael Hunt starts at full-back and James Slipper leads the team once more.
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Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:10

IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Jan de Koning looks at the Saturday matches in Part Two of Super Rugby's Round 10.

It is a day that could well be labelled 'dance of the desperate'.

More than just a couple of teams are desperate for victories as the tournament heads into the second half of the season.

The defending champion Highlanders and the Brumbies - who go head-to-head in one of the southernmost cities in the world, Invercargill - are both in the midst of a bad slump.

The Highlanders and Brumbies have both won five of their eight games and while that leaves the Highlanders fourth in an intense New Zealand group, the Brumbies are second in Australia, one point behind the Rebels.

The Brumbies "certainly need a lift," according to coach Stephen Larkham.

However, they will be without injured star Joe Tomane and captain Stephen Moore, who has a calf muscle injury.

The Rebels, who have replaced the Brumbies as the No.1 Australian side, could cement their position when they travel to Auckland to play the Blues, who are at the bottom of the New Zealand group, in the opening match of the day.

Of the leading South Africa sides, the Lions are at home to a Hurricanes unit, who blew a chance last week to topple the Chiefs.

The Hurricanes, despite having an impressive pack, have had plenty to work on ahead of playing the Lions in Johannesburg.

Beauden Barrett has lost his kicking radar and they were plagued by handling errors against the Chiefs.

The Lions head the Africa Two conference and with a six-point buffer over the second-placed Sharks.

The Stormers, the premier South African side and Africa One conference leaders, will fancy their chances when they host an out of form Waratahs team badly in need of a big win.

In the two other matches of the day there is plenty of desperation, but little more than honour at stake.

The Reds, in 14th place with one win, host the Cheetahs (in 13th place with two victories) in Brisbane.

The Jaguares, who have lost seven on the trot after a win in Week One, are at home to a Southern Kings side that also have only one win, but are last in the 18-team tournament.

We look at the Saturday, April 30, matches below!

The Rebels, who take on the Blues for just the second time at Eden Park, are searching for their first win in Auckland - following losses at North Harbour Stadium in Round 10, 2011 (23-40) and at Eden Park in Round 13, 2013 (32-36).

The two sides have split the four previous Super Rugby meetings with the home side winning on each occasion.

"I think Auckland is one of the tougher places to play," Rebels hooker James Hanson said in an interview on the team's website.

"That's the one thing about this group, it's a group of young guys that don't have baggage with previous years, so for us we're just going over there and having a crack.

"It's really important, we haven't beaten a New Zealand team yet this season.

"We really want to go over there and put in a good performance and go into that second bye with another win."

Blues hooker and captain James Parsons spoke of the team's desire to be more consistent - with three wins in sevens starts, but have yet to win back-to-back games.

"We are realistic about where we sit in the season," he said of their 12th place on the standings.

"We are looking to tighten up our skills around our attacking half and make sure we turn the opportunities into points.

"We want to set a good platform up front, to set our backs alight.

"However, we also need to defend well.

"Championships are won on defence and if we can hold them out and score points, while applying pressure, hopefully we can come out on the right end."

The Blues are at the bottom of the New Zealand table, but Rebels coach Tony McGahan is taking no notice of their past results.

"The Blues in the New Zealand conference would probably be first or second in the other conferences, but they find themselves down the bottom in theirs because it's so good," McGahan said.

Earlier this year, the Blues ran in nine tries to one when they defeated the Rebels 59-7 in a pre-season trial in Auckland.

"We're under no illusion of the challenge we face against a really good side that towelled us up in a pre-season trial match earlier this year so we need nothing less than our best 80-minute performance on Saturday," McGahan said.

Previous results:
2015: Rebels won 42-22, Melbourne
2013: Blues won 36-32, Auckland
2012: Rebels won 34-23, Melbourne
2011: Blues won 40-23, North Harbour

Prediction: These teams have traded blows four times, alternating two wins apiece with all four games being won by the home side on the day. Off the back of a 23-18 win against the Sharks in Round Eight the Blues will be looking for consecutive wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. The Blues have won five and drawn one of their last eight matches against Australian opposition and are undefeated in their last four home matches against teams from Australia. The Rebels have won three matches away from home so far this season, the equal most of any Australian team, and a fourth away win would make it their most wins on the road in a season in Super Rugby history. The Rebels have travelled to New Zealand for 10 games, including two against the Blues, and have won only once (versus the Crusaders in Round One, 2015). The Rebels have had a good season by their standards, but they will have to be on top of their game to stay first in Australia. We sense and upset - the Blues by 12 points.


Blues: 15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Rieko Ioane, 13 George Moala, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu/Hoani Matenga, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley.
Replacements: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Nic Mayhew/Namatahi Waa, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Akira Ioane, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Billy Guyton, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Melani Nanai/Matt Duffie.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Cam Crawford , 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Jamie Hagan, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Kotaro Matsushima, 23 Sione Tuipulotu.

Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson, Brett Johnson
TMO: Ben Skeen

The Brumbies have taken an unusual route to Invercargill - from Canberra, with a connection in Sydney to Christchurch, then a stopover in Queenstown, for a training day and then bus down from Queenstown on the Friday afternoon.

However, the Brumbies are determined to make the best of this outing, bond and reverse the mistakes made in the heavy loss to the Crusaders last week.

Lock Sam Carter said too many errors cost the side and there's been an emphasis on improving at training this week.

"We were very disappointed with how we played last Sunday," Carter said in an interview on the Brumbies website.

"Crucial errors at crucial times. You give a New Zealand team, especially the Crusaders, that many turnover opportunities, they're going to capitalise on it.

"There would've been maybe one mistake by each player. If you add them up its 15 mistakes across 80 minutes. It's tough to come back from.

"We just can't do that and give them that much opportunity so we just need to tighten up our skills and make sure we deliver."

Like all New Zealand sides, the defending champion Highlanders are not scared to kick the ball and do indeed have some great kick-chasers.

They are also very abrasive in the forward exchanges.

The Brumbies' last two encounters with Kiwis sides have seen them cough up 40 points or more in heavy defeats.

"The Highlanders are very strong at their breakdown and they defend well," he said.

"They're going to be up for it this weekend especially their forward pack.

"I know if we train well this week and stick to what we want to do and don't make any errors then I'm sure we can get a good result."

Carter says he is also looking forward to having David Pocock back on the field. Pocock received a three-week suspension following the Brumbies loss to the Chiefs at GIO Stadium earlier this month.

"Obviously he's one of the best players in the world and to have him come back this week coming off a two-week break he'll be fresh and ready to rip in," Carter said.

"I love playing with him so it's going to be good having him out there again, just the experience he brings."

Recent results:
2015: Brumbies won 31-18, Canberra
2013: Brumbies won 30-19, Dunedin
2012: Brumbies won 33-26, Canberra
2011: Highlanders won 26-20, Invercargill
2010: Brumbies won 31-3, Canberra
2009: Brumbies 33-31, Dunedin

Prediction: The Highlanders have lost seven of their last eight matches against the Brumbies including the last three. The Highlanders have conceded 94 points against the Brumbies across their last three encounters, 68 of which were scored in the opening stanza. The Brumbies have earned a win in three of their last four excursions to New Zealand to face the Highlanders with a six-point loss in 2011 the only blemish in that span. The Highlanders have now lost consecutive matches by a single point; they have not lost three matches in a row in Super Rugby since a stretch of four losses ended early in 2015. The Highlanders have been involved in 24 games decided by a single point in their history, the most of any team in Super Rugby, and never before has a team been involved in three consecutive games decided by a single point. This is indeed a contest between two very desperate teams, which makes predicting an outcome an almost futile exercise. Home ground advantage do count for something, so we'll go for a Highlanders win by five points.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Jack Wilson, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Rob Thompson, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Shane Christie (co-captain), 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown.
Replacements: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Siosiua Halanukonuka, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Dan Pryor, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Matt Faddes.

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Nigel Ah Wong, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Jarrad Butler, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Allan Alaalatoa.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Leslie Leulua'iali'i-Makin, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Blake Enever, 21 Jordan Smiler, 22 Joe Powell, 23 James Dargaville.

Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

These are two sides who are in the process of rebuilding after having asked their respective coaches to leave mid-season - the Cheetahs late last year and the Reds in the early stages of 2016.

Cheetahs coach Franco Smith said they are looking at their own game, rather than worrying about the scoreboard.

Reds co-interim coach Nick Stiles, in contrast, said they are "desperate" for victories.

He said the desire among the players to not just compete, but to win is "part of their DNA".

The Reds were run down by a rampant Stormers side in Cape Town last Saturday, giving up an eight-point lead in the last 20 minutes, going down 22-40.

Stiles made no attempts to hide the fact that the late fade is an area the team will be keen to amend in front of their loyal home fans this weekend.

"The inability to finish off in those last 10 or 15 minutes is something we were very unhappy with," Stiles said.

The Reds are eager to replicate their fantastic performance from their last outing at Suncorp Stadium, when they upset the defending champions, the Highlanders, three weeks ago.

However, Stiles knows that despite their lowly position on the ladder, Saturday's opponents are no easy-beats.

"You saw last week against the Rebels in that first half the dangerous and lightning speed they've got in their backs is something that if you turn the ball over too much they will punish you," he said of the Cheetahs.

"Like all South Africans, they've got a big forward pack, good at set piece, so we've got to be on our game in those areas and it's going to be a tough game."

There is of course, apart from the overall contest, and intriguing head-to-head to look forward to - the second row battle between veteran Wallaby Rob Simmons and young Springbok Lodewyk de Jager.

Simmons, a 60-Test stalwart, said simply improving is not good enough for the Reds and that matches have to be taken by the scruff of the neck when the result is in the balance.

"In just about every game this year we have seen moments from the Reds where we are a very good Rugby side," Simmons said.

"That's not good enough. We have to be able to close out games.

"Applying ourselves better for the full 80 minutes is the important thing. We can start doing a number on teams if we do that."

Recent results:
2015: Reds won 18-17, Bloemfontein
2014: Reds won 43-33, Brisbane
2013: Cheetahs won 27-13, Bloemfontein
2011: Reds won 41-8, Brisbane
2010: Reds won 31-10, Bloemfontein
2009: Reds won 22-3, Brisbane

Prediction: The Reds have won five of their last six matches against the Cheetahs, outscoring the South African side by 70 points across that span. The Cheetahs have won just one of their last six matches in Australia, and they've never beaten the Reds there. The Reds have scored just one try in the final 20 minutes of their games this season, fewer than any other side. Torsten van Jaarsveld has won 91 throws so far this season, the most of any player (success of 86 percent). The Reds have a scrum success of 95 percent so far this season, the best of any team, the Cheetahs' is the least effective scrum in the competition (73 percent). The Reds have improved since the change in coaching staff earlier this season, while the Cheetahs - while showing promise at times - have been a touch inconsistent. We think the Reds will win by 10 to 15 points.


Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Junior Laloifi, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lodewyk de Jager (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy..

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Hurricanes assistant coach John Plumtree spent enough time in South Africa to know just how tough it is to win on the Highveld - and that was before the Lions added an expansive dimension to their game.

Not surprising then to hear Plumtree speak of the need to sharpen up on defence.

"We allowed two or three soft tries, which is unlike us considering the heights we reached against the Rebels, so that was probably the big disappointment," he said of last week's heartbreaking one-point loss to the Chiefs.

Plumtree made no secret of the fact that he feels the Lions present a huge challenge on their home turf.

"The Lions play from all over the field, so defensively we're going to get tested, and up front they're pretty rugged," he said in an interview on the Hurricanes' website.

"We've got a lot of respect for this Lions side and it's well organised by Johan Ackermann and Swys de Bruin, so we've got to make sure we're on the money with what we want to do."

The Lions are on top of the Africa Two conference after winning six of their eight matches this season - with the Stormers being the only South African team to have gained more competition points in 2016.

"They play a pretty good brand of footy and they've been very successful this year in what they've been doing," Plumtree said.

"I think we can expect them to come at our set piece, they've shown over the course of the year their scrum is a force to be reckoned with and their line-out's not too bad either.

"I think that will be a focus point for them and something we need to be aware of.

"We're trying to nail down our preparation so it's perfect for the boys and they feel as good as they can.

"We know we're going to need the whole squad at the weekend in terms of the 23 and it's going to be another high intensity game."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann also spoke of the "massive challenge" this game presents, given that the Hurricanes will be desperate not to lose any more ground on the tournament leaders - the Chiefs and Crusaders.

Like the Lions, the Hurricanes are a very "attack-minded" side with quality all over the park.

Both teams pointed out that this expansive game can only work if the forwards provide them with a solid platform to attack from.

Recent results:
2015: Hurricanes won 22-8, Johannesburg
2012: Hurricanes won 30-28, Johannesburg
2011: Hurricanes won 38-27, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 33-18, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 38-32, Johannesburg
2008: Hurricanes won 38-12, Wellington

Prediction: The Hurricanes have won eight of their nine meetings with the Lions, a defeat in 2007 the only blemish in this run. In each of the Lions' last 12 games the half-time results has mirrored the full-time result, including a 19-all draw with the Stormers in Round 17 last season.  The last time the Hurricanes lost a game to a South African team was a one-point loss to the Stormers in Round Three, 2014. The Hurricanes have lost fewer than one line-out per game so far this season, no team averages fewer, and their line-out success of 93 percent is the best in the competition. The Lions are the only team in the competition yet to concede a try from opposition possession originating from a scrum. This is another tough call. How will the travel affect the Hurricanes? Can the Lions overcome the injury-enforced absence of fine front row forwards? Again, in such a tight game, you go with home ground advantage, but the Lions won't win by much - the margin will be single digits.


Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Pieter Scholtz, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Dylan Smith.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Jacques van Rooyen, 19 Ruan Ackermann, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 John-Wessel Bell, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

Hurricanes: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Vince Aso, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Michael Fatialofa, 4 Vaea Fifita, 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Reg Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Blade Thomson, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 James Marshall, 23 Willis Halaholo.

Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper, Ben Crouse
TMO: Johan Greeff

The Stormers are sitting pretty at the top of the Africa conference, but in stark contrast the Waratahs are clinging to a faint hope of making the Super Rugby play-offs.

The men from Sydney have just three wins, but each victory have been followed by two defeats - leaving them outside the top 10.

Their trip to Newlands, after the 49-13 demolition of the Western Force last week, will be their first match of the season outside of Australia.

Waratahs assistant coach Chris Malone said playing the Stormers at Newlands is one of the "great experiences" a player can have.

"We will expect them to be immensely physical, as all South African teams are, so our preparation catered for that," Malone said.

"They have a real willingness to play also, so it will be tough and a great challenge and one that we are looking forward to."

The Stormers will also field their first-choice midfield combination, Springboks Juan de Jongh and Damian de Allende, for the first time this season - following De Allende's lengthy time on the sideline due to an ankle injury sustained while playing club rugby in Japan and concussion suffered by De Jongh.

It will certainly give them additional strike power in the backline.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck readily admits that the transition from a defence-orientated team to one with an expansive game is far from complete.

"I am happy with our progress thus far," Fleck said.

"There are certainly glimpses of the fearless rugby that we have been trying to get across, but there have been moments where we have let ourselves down a little bit.

"We still got a way to go, both in terms of the campaign, but also our own growth.

"I am very happy with the signs that are coming out of the squad.

"We are playing a brand that we set out to do at the beginning of the campaign, but it is by no means a finished product yet. We still got a lot of hard work ahead of us."

Fleck said the Stormers will need to be solid on defence against a Waratahs team that can be devastating if they get it right on the day.

"Our approach this year is that we want to play with more ball in hand," the Stormers coach said.

"I would like to think we could do a bit more in this game, but when the opportunities do present themselves we need to take those."

Recent results:
2015: Stormers won 32-18, Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 22-11, Cape Town
2013: Waratahs won 21-15, Sydney
2012: Stormers won 19-13, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 25-6, Cape Town (semifinal)
2010: Stormers won 27-6, Cape Town

Prediction: The Stormers have won four of their last six matches against the Waratahs including a 32-18 victory in their last encounter. Only one of the Waratahs' last five matches against South African opposition has been decided by a points difference of fewer than two converted tries. The Stormers have won 16 and drawn one of their last 21 matches on home soil against Australian opposition in Super Rugby. The Stormers have the best opening quarter points differential, scoring 45 points more than they've conceded in the opening 20 minutes of games so far this season. Kurtley Beale has made 2.2 offloads per game so far this season, the second most of any player in the competition behind SP Marais (3.7). The Stormers must fancy their chances of another crucial win - by 10 to 15 points.


Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones.

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan.     
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro.

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Neither team were very happy with last week's performances - the Jaguares going down to the Sunwolves and the Southern Kings being run ragged by the Lions.

Jaguares captain Agustín Creevy spoke of the "importance" of this week, the need for the Argentinean franchise to get a 'W' on the board for the first time since Round One.

He complained about the repetition of their errors, which cost them so dearly week after week.

"There is no reprieve, as we have a new opponent in just a few days," Creevy said.

"We have to work twice as hard and ensure we eliminate those errors.

"It is obvious there are no easy games and we have to be prepared for another tough challenge in the Kings."

Jaguares coach Raúl Perez said it was important for the team to get their confidence back if they are to end their run of seven defeats.

Kings coach Deon Davids also spoke this week about making the players accountable for their roles and actions on the field.

Their only win was against the Sunwolves, which last week lowered the Jaguares' colours.

"Our approach has been more player-driven this week," Davids said.

"The players understand that some of the things that happened [in the heavy loss to the Lions] were unacceptable.

"We have been open and honest with each other  and I am hopeful that we will put up a much better performance."

The Kings are expecting a typical Argentinean opponent - a team with solid set pieces.

"They also do enjoy a ball-in-hand game, so we will have to be very alert and aware of what is happening on the field."

Recent results:
These teams have never met before.

Prediction: The Jaguares' solitary Super Rugby win so far came against a South African side in Round One (the Cheetahs), in their other two games against South African teams they have kept them to fewer than 20 points.The Kings have conceded an average of 47.3 points per game in their last six matches against teams from outside of South Africa. The Kings have scored 64.3 percent (nine/14) of their tries in the first half, the highest percentage of any team in the competition. Guido Petti Pagadizaval has won 37 line-outs so far this season, the equal second of any player though he is yet to steal one. The Kings may just be overawed, seeing as it is their first trip to the noisy Vélez Sarsfield stadium, in Buenos Aires. The Jaguares could get their second win of the season - by 12 points.


Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Tomás Lezana,  5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Southern Kings: 15 Jaco Van Tonder, 14 Lukhanyo Am, 13 Stefan Watermeyer, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Luzuko Vulindlu, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Ntando Kebe, 8 CJ Velleman, 7 Thembelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5 JC Astle, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Tom Botha, 2 Edgar Marutlulle, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Replacements: 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 Justin Ackerman, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Stefan Willemse, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 James Hall, 22 Louis Fouche, 23 Leighton Eksteen.

Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Federico Anselmi, Juan Sylvestre
TMO: Santiago Borsani

Compiled by Jan de Koning, additional reporting by Agence France-Presse

* Statistical information provided by Opta Sports

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Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:35

REPORT: Scrumhalf Nick Frisby scored two second-half tries as the Reds beat the Cheetahs 30-17 in their Super Rugby showdown in Brisbane on Saturday.

It was not a great match - far too many handling errors, for one thing. There were 24 penalties (12 each), three yellow cards and 28 line-outs, 19 in the second half. The Cheetahs scrumming was woeful. There were no problems with the six Reds' scrums but of the Cheetahs' seven scrums there were four resets, four collapses, four penalties and two tightheads, one of which gave the Reds a simple try.

In the first half the Cheetahs actually had the better of possession and territory and the half ended 10-all. But they were outplayed in the second half and it did not help their cause when a try was disallowed for foul play, depriving them of the chance of a bonus point.

For the home side it meant their second win of the season, but then they beat the Highlanders in Brisbane when the Super Rugby titleholders were riding the crest of a wave.

Clayton Blommetjies kicked off for the Cheetahs and they ran the ball wide over and over, showing promising intent. When Anthony Fainga'a went offside, Fred Zeilinga, who kicked well all match, goaled. 3-0 after 2 minutes, but two minutes later Jake McIntyre levelled the scores at a tackle infringement.

Hendrik Tui had an eager break and then Conrad Hunt saved when the Cheetahs attacked. But the Reds did not handle well and the Cheetahs got the first try after Fainga'a was sent to the sin bin for an armless tackle on Michael van der Spuy who did not have the ball.

When Samu Kerevi lost the ball, the Cheetahs got the ball to Sergeal Petersen on an overlap. He raced ahead and when a tackle threatened he passed inside to  a covering Red, which gave the Cheetahs  a five-metre line-out. They, unsurprisingly, mauled and Usair Cassiem was just able to stretch and get the ball to the line. Zeilinga converted and the Cheetahs led 10-3 after 35 minutes.

Two penalties gave the Reds a five-metre line-out, which they mauled but conceded a scrum to the Cheetahs five metres from the visitors' line. The Reds won their second tighthead of the half as the siren sounded for half-time and No.8 Curtis Browning picked up and drove through Henco Venter to score. 10-10.

There was a classic two-on-two situation with Kerevi in possession. He shaped to go outwards, pulled Petersen in and gave Eto Nabuli an overlap. The big wing raced ahead and gave inside to Kerevi who, as Petersen tackled him, got a pass away to Nick Frisby and the perky scrumhalf scored. 17-10 to the Reds after 46 minutes.

From the kick-off Frisby broke at speed and Cassiem was penalised at a tackle. 20-10 after 51 minutes.

The Cheetahs had a chance with an attacking line-out but were freekicked for not letting the catcher down immediately.

From a scrum on their right, the Reds went left and Kerevi broke. Nabuli and James Slipper carried it on and got close to the Cheetahs' line where Frisby threw a dummy which Oupa Mahoje bought. The scrumhalf nipped inside of him and scored behind the posts. 27-10 after 62 minutes.

In this action Kerevi hurt a wrist and went off, clearly distraught.

Liam Gill became the second recipient of a yellow card for a tackle infringement. The Cheetahs had a five-metres line-out from the infringement. Mahoje won the line-out and they went wide left where Raymond Rhule had some space and flashed over for the try in the left corner. Zeilinga converted from touch. 27-17 with 10 minutes to play.

With four minutes to play McIntyre kicked a scrum penalty but then the Cheetahs attacked. A penalty gave them a five-metre line-out which they mauled and then went wide left where Nico Lee kicked a grubber into in-goal where Blommetjies dived on the ball. But the TMO was able to reveal to all present that after Rob Simmonds had held Willie Brits down from getting into the attack, Brits had pushed hit him in freeing himself. For this Brits was penalised and sent to the sin bin. The try was cancelled and so was the Cheetahs'; chance to get a losing bonus point.

Man of the Match: Lively, enthusiastic Nick Frisby for two tries and lot besides.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Browning, Frisby 2
Cons: McIntyre 3
Pens: McIntyre 3

For the Cheetahs:
Cassiem, Rhule
Cons: Zeilinga  2
Pen: Zeilinga

Yellow card: Anthony Fainga'a (Reds, 28 - foul play, late shoulder charge), Liam Gill (Reds, 69 - cynical; play, deliberately killing the ball), Willie Britz (Cheetahs, 78 - foul play, striking)


Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Junior Laloifi, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Curtis Browning, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ben Matwijow, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 James Slipper (captain).
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Sef Fa'agase, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Duncan Paia'aua, 23 Ayumu Goromaru.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Nico Lee, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lodewyk de Jager (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Luan de Bruin, 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Willie Britz, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Tian Meyer.

Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Will Houston (Australia), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Curtis Browning (39min), Nick Frisby (46min), and Nick Frisby (62min)
Uzair Cassiem (33min) and Raymond Rhule (69min)
Jake McIntyre (40min), Jake McIntyre (47min), and Jake McIntyre (63min)
Fred Zeilinga (34min) and Fred Zeilinga (70min)
Jake McIntyre (5min), Jake McIntyre (51min), and Jake McIntyre (75min)
Fred Zeilinga (2min)
Anthony Fainga'a (28min) and Liam Gill (68min)
Willie Britz (79min)
VENUE Brisbane
REFEREE Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)